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Five Rocks, Byfield

#244 of 264 in Nature in Queensland
Five Rocks beach is a straight, 5.3 km long, east facing beach that lies between The Three Rivers headland and Five Rocks Point. Three Rivers is named after three small creeks that converge on the northern corner of the beach, while Five Rocks is due to the presence of five distinctive sea stacks that sit atop the narrow, 600 m long point. The entire beach is backed by stable, vegetated parabolic dunes that extend up to 8 km inland and reach heights of over 200 m.

The beach is accessible via 4WD tracks at each end, as well as along the low gradient beach at low tide. The beach itself has a 50 m wide, moderate gradient high tide beach, fronted by a 150 m wide low tide bar. Wave average 0.6 m and occasional higher waves cut rips every 200 m. A trough and outer bar lie just seaward, with more widely spaced rips cutting the outer bar.


This is a moderately safe beach when waves are less than 0.5m; above that the rips are active at mid to low tide.


Five Rocks is the northernmost of the more accessible beaches (from Yeppoon) and is occasionally visited by local surfers looking for a beach break, when the Trades are blowing or during occasional swell conditions.


The southern Five Rocks Point has extensive rock platforms and is a popular spot to fish.


A relatively accessible beach, just 10km by sandy 4WD track from the Byfields Road. It is also partly located in the national park, while a sign on the beach marks the beginning of the Shoalwater Bay Military Reserve and this area is often off limits.
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  • The drive in through Byfield National Park to Five Rocks campground is part of the excitement of this place. There is one little sand climb but as long as you have aired down this should not be a prob...  more »
  • A 4WD is needed to reach this area. The terrain is diverse as in rainforest, creek crossings, sand tracks & then the notorious ‘Big Sandy’ a large sand dune to be scaled... ensure you reduce your tyre...  more »
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